Both economy and premium economy seats are included – but not Upper Class. You have until September 23rd to book.
The great thing about Virgin seat sales is that you can book for ANY date in the next 11 months. As long, of course, as redemption seats are available!
Virgin taxes on economy redemptions are already lower (by roughly £100) than British Airways. Even without a promotion, the miles required are also lower than Avios for some destinations. A New York seat at normal prices will cost you just 35,000 miles return, compared to 40,000 Avios with BA. With the sale the difference is even more stark.
Here is a sample of economy destinations together with the taxes and surcharges required for a return flight:
New York – 26,250 miles + £248
Barbados (Heathrow or Manchester) – 33,750 miles + £237
Delhi – 31,875 miles + £307
Dubai – 28,875 miles + £248
Examples of Premium Economy destinations are:
New York – 41,250 miles + £410
Jamaica – 52,500 miles + £466
Shanghai – 52,500 miles + £500
Dubai – 45,000 miles + £430
Premium Economy to Cape Town is not included in the sale – this is the only route restriction.
The Virgin Little Red services to Manchester, Edinburgh and Aberdeen are also reduced by 25% from the standard rate of 3,750 miles each way.
You must book before September 23rd.
If you are short of miles, remember that Virgin miles transfer INSTANTLY from American Express Membership Rewards as long as your accounts are already linked. It will take a couple of days if you have not previously linked your accounts.
Transfers from Tesco Clubcard are also very fast, usually overnight – the ‘Clubcard to Virgin’ page is here.
You can combine these discounts with a CombiFare. CombiFare is explained in this post, but basically if you can only find a redemption in one direction Virgin will sell you a cash ticket for the other half at a discounted rate.
Virgin is also offering a 25% bonus on purchased miles and a 25% bonus on Miles Booster. I will look at this in more detail tomorrow.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2022)
As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards. Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.
You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):
You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.
(Want to earn more Virgin Points? Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)